18 February 2010
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has urged Jewish students not to apply for a place at the University of California in Irvine (UCI) and called on donors not to give any money to the institution as it had failed to stop anti-Semitism and Israel-bashing on its campus. In a press release, ZOA accused the university of enabling bigotry and violating civil rights "by failing to condemn longstanding anti-Semitic and Israel-bashing speech and conduct on campus, and failing to enforce its own policies against the perpetrators."
The group also urged donors to stop supporting UCI. The call follows last week's speech at the university by Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, which was repeatedly interrupted by anti-Israel activists.
In its statement, ZOA said that “UC Irvine must now pay the price for its inaction. We call on all decent people, both Jews and non-Jews, to stop supporting, with their money and enrollment, a university that has been complicit in promoting bigotry. It is the right and moral thing to do, until the university makes it crystal clear that it will stop tolerating anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism and that the perpetrators will be held to the same standards of conduct as everyone else.”
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